The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), which rose 2.48% or 5.23 points to trade at 215.81 at the close. Meanwhile, Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE:CRM) added 2.21% or 5.76 points to end at 265.98 and Visa Inc Class A (NYSE:V) was up 1.80% or 3.66 points to 206.64 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM), which fell 2.81% or 3.70 points to trade at 127.79 at the close. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA) declined 1.97% or 0.73 points to end at 36.34 and Chevron Corp (NYSE:CVX) was down 1.62% or 1.22 points to 74.00.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were Xilinx Inc (NASDAQ:XLNX) which rose 14.11% to 120.94, eBay Inc (NASDAQ:EBAY) which was up 6.47% to settle at 55.45 and Fortinet Inc (NASDAQ:FTNT) which gained 3.73% to close at 126.18.
The worst performers were Coty Inc (NYSE:COTY) which was down 5.08% to 3.55 in late trade, Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:NLSN) which lost 4.78% to settle at 13.75 and Apache Corporation (NASDAQ:APA) which was down 4.64% to 9.67 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Marine Petroleum Trust (NASDAQ:MARPS) which rose 110.67% to 3.750, VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ:VVPR) which was up 61.35% to settle at 16.280 and Matlin & Partners Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:USWS) which gained 35.87% to close at 0.437.
The worst performers were ShiftPixy Inc (NASDAQ:PIXY) which was down 22.28% to 2.79 in late trade, Rave Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ:RAVE) which lost 18.19% to settle at 0.811 and CUI Global Inc (NASDAQ:OEG) which was down 16.67% to 0.900 at the close.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1577 to 1478 and 110 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1624 rose and 1248 declined, while 90 ended unchanged.
Shares in Xilinx Inc (NASDAQ:XLNX) rose to 52-week highs; rising 14.11% or 14.95 to 120.94. Shares in Marine Petroleum Trust (NASDAQ:MARPS) rose to 52-week highs; rising 110.67% or 1.970 to 3.750. Shares in VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ:VVPR) rose to all time highs; rising 61.35% or 6.190 to 16.280.
The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 5.16% to 25.00 a new 1-month low.
Gold Futures for December delivery was up 2.18% or 41.30 to $1936.40 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 1.55% or 0.64 to hit $40.55 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 1.25% or 0.54 to trade at $42.80 a barrel.
EUR/USD was up 0.60% to 1.1829, while USD/JPY fell 0.37% to 105.61.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.68% at 93.012.